“If someone succeeds in provoking you realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation”. Epictetus
To often I blame the media, gov, politicians, and others for what is wrong in the world. We live in a crazy time where CNN, FOX NEWS, Facebook and TROLLS constantly work to provoke with sensationalism and division. The algorithm is set to max PROVOKE! This great quote by Epictetus reminds me that the primary mechanism of the provocation is ME. Ultimately I make the choice. First in consuming the media, second in allowing the provocation to proceed internally. My mind, My choice. If not I have given myself to the provocateur. I am their slave and they are my master. I pledge to work everyday to take control away from the trolls, mass media and others who seek to create division, foment hate, and wag the dog. I will close today with another great Epictetus quote- “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master”. MY MIND MY CHOICE.